Kehila News Israel Staff
Israeli soccer fans were devastated after learning that Argentina succumbed to intense Palestinian pressure — including threats against one of Argentina’s star players — and pulled out of a friendly pre-World Cup match against Israel.
Some 2 million Brazilians and other pilgrims from Argentina, Mexico, the United States and some African countries who attended the March for Jesus waved Israeli flags and prayed for the Jewish state in the parade that stretched 2.5 miles through the city.
For the first time since the war with Gaza in 2014, Palestinians launched barrages of rockets and mortars from Gaza on Tuesday breaking nearly four years of quiet on Israel’s southern border.
Protests that had been ongoing for six weeks in Gaza and culminated last week to coincide with the opening of the American embassy Jerusalem have all but fizzled out completely.
The day after the biblical feast of Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks) and Pentecost Sunday, the nation of Paraguay dedicated its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.
An initiative founded by descendants of the Nazi Wehrmacht, SS and German police force to remember the Holocaust, the March of Life organization this week held its first event in Jerusalem, a three-day conference in Jerusalem to commemorate the Holocaust, co-organized with Helping Hand Coalition.
Israel welcomed the second international embassy to Jerusalem this week as Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales inaugurated his country's official diplomatic mission on Wednesday.
The transfer of the embassy seal to an existing consulate building in Jerusalem is mostly symbolic, however. Little on the ground actually changes for most employees and for citizens in need of embassy services.
Though many are blaming the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem for igniting the mass protest of 40,000 Palestinians at the border of Gaza, riots had been taking place for six weeks now and rose to a crescendo only on Monday, coinciding with the embassy opening.
With much news coverage, road closures, heightened security and fanfare, the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday. No less important, albeit far less ostentatious, two more embassy transfers are due to follow shortly: Guatemala on Wednesday and Paraguay by the end of the month.